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Courses Offered

LIT. 101 Contemporary Literature (3 units)

Read, interpret and analyze a representative selection of contemporary literary fiction, poetry and drama since WWII using some of the major theoretical approaches to literature. These readings offer not only a greater critical perspective and insight into contemporary history, but an enhanced understanding of ourselves within our own culture.

LIT. 151 Introduction to Shakespeare (3 units)

Study of representative plays and poems, with an emphasis on Shakespeare's poetic and dramatic skills and his understanding of human nature. Reading, discussion, critical papers. Students will understand Shakespeare's role in the development of English language and literature.

LIT. 154 Queer Literature (3 units)

A sociopolitical and cultural examination of the concerns of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, bi-gendered, intersex, and queer communities in a range of historical periods and literary genres.

LIT. 155 Comics and the Graphic Novel (3 units)

Study of the history, structure, and content of the graphic novel, or comic book, a narrative form that blends literary and visual components. Includes analysis of primary sources and graphic novel criticism that explores the genre's cultural impact. Topics also may include fan culture, particular genres of comics, and connections between comics and other forms of visual text.

LIT. 156 Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature (3 units)

Study of representative works from the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy, examining their roots, twentieth-century rise, and contemporary status. Includes analysis of primary sources and literary criticism as well as how the genres interact with mythology, philosophy, mass media, and popular culture.

LIT. 191 Children's Literature (3 units)

An overview of the body of world literature deemed appropriate and enriching for children from infancy to adolescence. The course is designed to impart knowledge about and practice in storytelling techniques, as well as practical experience in presenting age-appropriate literature to children and youth. Theory and practice in discerning literary genres, criteria for selection, and techniques for using classic and contemporary literature with young people. Also listed as ECE. 191.

LIT. 201 American Literature I (3 units)

Study of American Literature from Native American narratives through the 19th century. Lectures, discussions, reading of primary and secondary works, and writing of critical papers.

LIT. 202 American Literature II (3 units)

Study of American Literature from the mid 19th century to the present. Lectures, discussions, reading of primary and secondary works, and writing of critical papers.

LIT. 220 Introduction to World Literature I (3 units)

Study of representative works from the genres of selected works (poetry, prose, drama, and film), in translation and in English, of literature from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and other areas, from antiquity to the mid or late seventeenth century. Includes analysis of primary sources and literary criticism as well as how the genre interacts with mythology, philosophy, mass media, and popular culture.

LIT. 221 Introduction to World Literature II (3 units)

Study of representative works from the genres of selected works (poetry, prose, drama, and film), in translation and in English, of literature from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and other areas, from the mid or late seventeenth century to the present. Includes analysis of primary sources and literary criticism as well as how the genre interacts with mythology, philosophy, mass media, and popular culture.

LIT. 231 Survey of British Literature I (3 units)

Study of the typical works of major British writers from the 8th to the 18th Century. Lectures, discussions, related readings, and writing of critical papers.

LIT. 232 Survey of British Literature II (3 units)

Study of the typical works of major British writers from the 19th Century to the present. Lectures, discussions, related readings, and writing of critical papers.

LIT. 251 Women in Literature (3 units)

A study of the historical, sociopolitical, and cultural concerns of women as these appear in novels, short stories, and poetry. A glimpse into the struggle for self-identity and the forces that interact in the course of this struggle.

LIT. 265 Asian American Literature (3 units)

A survey of Asian American literature will acquaint students with the distinct literary and aesthetic qualities and the personal and cultural concerns of American writers of Asian descent. Authors may include Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, Vietnamese Americans, Pacific Islanders, Korean Americans, Southeast Asian Americans, and Indian Americans. Material will be presented in a variety of genres.

LIT. 266 Black Literature (3 units)

A survey of Black American literature from 1619 to the present. Literature, such as autobiographical works, poetry, short stories, drama, folk tales, novellas, and novels, will be included to introduce and explore the qualities of Black American writing.

LIT. 267 Filipino American Literature (3 units)

A survey of Filipino American writing of the twentieth and twenty-first century will acquaint students with the issues that these American writers of Filipino descent address as they move between different societies. The literature reflects the unique background of shared language and history, as well as the contrasts between the cultures of the Philippines and the United States. Material will be presented in a variety of genres.

LIT. 277 Film and Literature (3 units)

Comparative study of film and literature, studying and analyzing the relationships between the two media according to genre, topic, and style. Focus on film adaptations of novels, authors and directors, genres, international works, period pieces, etc. Topic varies with each semester offering.

LIT. 370 Readings in Literature of the Latino in the United States (3 units)

A study of the historical, sociopolitical, and cultural concerns of Latinos in the U.S. as these appear in novels, short stories, and poetry. A glimpse into the struggle for self-identity and the forces that interact in the course of this struggle.

LIT. 432 Folklore (3 units)

A lively study of folk tales, legends, beliefs, superstitions, proverbs, mythology, folk life, folk speech, folk songs, lyrics, folk epics, and their influence in the literature and culture that form our heritage. Special attention will be given to folklore of various racial and ethnic groups that mold American society.

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